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Aemulor for the A9home released

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Nov 2005, 11:01:34 | Permalink | Printable

26bit compatibility for 32bit RISC OS 4

aemulor logoA9home users can now use 26bit-only software, thanks to a new version of Aemulor. The environment emulator is optimised for AdvantageSix's ARM9 powered computer, and includes 26bit BASIC assembler and module support. The news won't surprise the A9home users who have been busy beta testing the AemulorA9 software.

Publisher Neil Spellings said: "Priced identically to Aemulor, it offers all the same features as the Iyonix version to allow you to run your 26bit desktop applications on the 32bit machine. AemulorProA9 will be made available once development of the A9Home is complete and the OS supports all the required features and APIs to allow AemulorA9Pro to offer its full range of features."

The interesting aspect of this development is that AemulorA9 enables 32bit RISC OS 4 users to use legacy 26bit software, which a few years ago seemed impossible. If MicroDigital were still around, AemulorA9 would effectively demolish the Omega's selling point that it could run 26bit and 32bit software. When RISCOS Select was first announced, one of the reasons RISCOS Ltd. gave for not going 32bit was that all the current software applications would be incompatible. In May 2001, ROL boss Paul Middleton said: "Many people still fail to see that even if there was a machine that ran solely in 32bit mode available now, and there was a 32bit version of RISC OS to go with it, there would be virtually no application software to go with it."

Of course, no one foresaw the rate at which software would be made 32bit compatible in the days before and after the Iyonix launch, and the rise of Adrian Lees and Neil Spellings to bridge the chasm between old and modern ARM architectures.

Aemulor began development in the days leading up to the launch of Castle's 32bit Iyonix computer, and eventually appeared in March 2003. When the A9home appeared at the Wakefield show this year, developer Adrian Lees stunned everyone when his ARM9 prototype build of Aemulor more or less worked first time with 26bit Impression.

A free upgrade for existing Aemulor users has also been released. Version 2.32 includes better handling for 26bit applications that launch other software, a fix for handling file types, search-as-you-type in the applications list window, improved module and SWI support, and a number of bug fixes. The team also hope to release a beta version of the Geminus screen acceleration technology on Monday.

Links

Spellings software website - a demo version is available too

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Spellings software are to be congratulated on this.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 5/11/05 12:50PM
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Just a brief report to say it works beautifully; I've spent the past night migrating most of my work over to my A9 - and for anything that I've not got 32-bit already, it works a treat!

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 5/11/05 1:11PM
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The beta version I have been using has worked well since I first got a copy back in July/August. Need to go and purchase the full version now.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 5/11/05 2:29PM
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sa110: yeah, that was my problem. I'd used the demo and hadn't gotten round to the upgrade. I happened to do it as the update was released it seems :D.

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 5/11/05 2:35PM
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I have just downloaded the demo version.

I'm playing with Squirrel and Impression, infact almost every 26bit app is working now.

I think I order the full version very soon.

 is a RISC OS UserEasyKees on 5/11/05 3:06PM
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"No one foresaw the rate...". Not strictly true, but it appeared to be the case mostly because of FUD from MicroDigital. I know that within ROL at the time serious consideration had been given to the problem as well as realistic timetable suggestions; nor was the rate of conversion particuarly surprising to developers involved with doing it - a process which had already begun some time before the Iyonix was made available.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 5/11/05 3:30PM
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